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Rose Valland: Resistance at the Museum
Rose Valland: Resistance at the Museum
Price: £6.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 Jun 2014
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So nice to read about the role of women in such terrible events. What an amazing woman Mme Valland was


The Antipope (The Brentford Trilogy Book 1)
The Antipope (The Brentford Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £4.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work, 4 Jun 2014
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I had trouble suspending disbelief which is a problem in a fantasy book. I just haven't met such motivated and effective alcoholics.


A Madness of Angels: A Matthew Swift Novel
A Madness of Angels: A Matthew Swift Novel
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent series, 3 Sep 2013
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I have enjoyed this series immensely. I think that the first book was the least satisfactory and the later books improve. I cannot imagine reading these books without living in London or knowing London - for me this hugely increased my enjoyment of the books and London. I find myself wanting the author to include more groups - why not the Dog Walkers? We ALWAYS find the bodies, that's no coincidence. I now read graffiti more intently and always want to see a faded "give me back my hat" The idea that a frustrated, taunted, exhausted woman could pour her grief and despair into the city and awaken a monster was tremendous. I was amazed to learn how young the author is - a really impressive start


First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller
First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller
Price: £1.99

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing and puzzling, 2 Sep 2013
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I read a great deal and so I am often reliant on my unseen "colleagues" who review and recommend books. This book had a large number of glowing reviews. I enjoy science fiction and so I thought this might be an enjoyable read.
I know understand why another reviewer has suggested that some of the reviews might have been motivated b a personal relationship with the author.
The book starts on an aircraft where we meet two friends who were in the army but, as we later learn, are now landscape gardeners. They arrive in New York to find piles of corpses and any survivors are both homicidal and suicidal. We later learn that this was caused by a mysterious box which has been sent to many locations worldwide. The aim of this is to reduce the human population to 2,000 who will spend their time being flown in private jets and playing in the White House.
I can usually deal with enormous plot holes if the writing is good or the ideas are new and interesting. The book is not well written, the characters are flat and dull or frankly ludicrous. The "ending" is risible. It feels as if the writer was using a hardback book and ran out of paper. If there is a sequel, I certainly won't be reading it.


Kärcher WV50 Window Vac - Window Cleaning Vacuum
Kärcher WV50 Window Vac - Window Cleaning Vacuum
Price: £48.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - and I am very angry, 21 July 2012
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There are two things I would like to say about this product.

The first is: Wow. It is amazing. It takes a tenth of the time but, more importantly, the windows look amazing afterwards. Effortlessly. It it very light, it charges very fast. It is so good, you can hardly believe it.

The second is: Why on earth have those people at Karcher wasted their time fiddling around with power washers all these years when they could have been making these? I'm 56 years old and I am a bad housewife but even I like to be able to see out of the windows and I have struggled with washing them all these years when, quite frankly, they often looked worse when I finished. And all this time, I could have been using one of these, if only they had got a grip and produced them earlier.

Oh yes, bonus third thing - please can they make an attachment to reach up to higher windows? Thanks


Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously funny, 21 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paperback)
It always mystifies me when people give poor or lukewarm reviews for David Sedaris' books. We were listening to one ( the audioversions are read by the author who does credit to his work, not always true) on a long drive through France where we also struggle to learn the language. Listening to the title story, I laughed so much that I got chest pain from not breathing and couldn't keep my eyes open as I have tears pouring out and thought I was going to drive off the motorway. so you have been warned. Even if there is one story which isn't your tasse du the, the next one will make you choke and gasp. In a good way


Citizen Insane (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Book 2)
Citizen Insane (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Book 2)
Price: £1.53

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 13 Nov 2011
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Ludicrous plot and not well-written enough to make up for it. I did want to slap the heroine quite hard so the writer can clearly make me care, but not in the right way


Fruitbasket from Hell (Alex Cheradon #1.1)
Fruitbasket from Hell (Alex Cheradon #1.1)
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chaotic plot , spelling and grammar, 18 July 2011
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You get the feeling that this author has some great books coming but needs to stop and think. And get a good editor. As another reviewer mentioned, the spelling and grammar are lamentable even though spell check is a universal function. I found the plot too jerky and over-wrought. I simply could not read it


Pandaemonium
Pandaemonium
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing, I could cry, 28 Oct 2010
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I love Christpher Brookmyre and I am always recommending him to other people and I was delightedto see that there was a new book. I wish I had never seen it. A "Big Ideas" book? No, no ideas at all. He is such a gifted writer that the sections which dealt with the school trip/retreat couldn't help being brilliant because he IS brilliant but this could not carry the rest of the nonsense. I hate gore and horror but found myself flicking through the pages (and pages and pages and pages) of quivering corpses and demons' claws ripping through faces whilst yawning slightly. It is as if he wrote two books, couldn't quite finish either and so just assembled them together in a very rough order. Dreadful - boring, stupid, ludicrous and dull
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Cuisinart Griddle and Grill
Cuisinart Griddle and Grill
Offered by Ideabright Ltd
Price: £104.95

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing grill - perfect paninis, 25 Nov 2008
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This does everything you could want. Makes excellent toasted sandwiches, makes fantastic pancakes if you have it out flat as a griddle. It is wonderful to be able to put the plates into the dishwasher. The outside does get VERY hot but it is a grill, after all. Really delighted with this product.


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